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Libyan trademark office resumes operations; UAE simplifies renewal process; Yokohama Rubber counterfeits success – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at JACK AND VICTOR winning UKIPO approval despite pushback from Jack Daniel’s, and much more.

30 May 2023

Draft trademark bill introduces letters of consent

The draft amendment will be welcomed by IP owners and practitioners, who have long been calling for the introduction of a system allowing for the submission of letters of consent.

30 May 2023

The fight for Nipper: takeaways from HMV’s trademark battle in Singapore

In an exclusive guest post, a recent decision from the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore is analysed, offering lessons for rights holders that could impact their IP approach in Singapore going forward.

22 May 2023

Influencer dispute highlights need to regulate denigrating content featuring brands

The High Court of Calcutta’s ruling on the row between a juice producer and an influencer underlines the lack of legislative clarity on differences between the honest use of a mark as part of free speech and disparaging use on social media.

18 May 2023

Supreme Court disregards tradition of cumulative protection for trademarks in pharmaceutical case

The Supreme Court’s momentous ruling on a dispute over a pharmaceutical trademark disregards the cumulative protection for marks established in previous legislation, separating protection from unfair competition provisions and eschewing well-worn precedent.

18 May 2023

Successful MLBPA trademark suit shines spotlight on priority of use and likelihood of confusion

In its ruling on MLBPA trademark oppositions made on behalf of New York Yankees star player Aaron Judge, the TTAB has analysed key factors establishing priority of use and employed the Dupont factors to assess the likelihood of confusion caused by the relevant marks.

11 May 2023

Decision sidesteps anti-dissection rule to insist that trademark components matter

The Delhi High Court’s analysis of a trademark conflict involving media conglomerate BCCL emphasises the shared, dominant feature of competing marks, which could well prove seismic for owners of marks with common characteristics. 

11 May 2023

Wide-ranging draft amendment looks set to reshape trademark landscape

The recently passed draft aims to modernise the Taiwanese trademark regime, shaking up pre-existing policies with regard to applications, reviews, oppositions, cancellations and Customs proceedings.

11 May 2023

Copyright terms and trademark rights: a practitioner’s guide to the US public domain

In this guest analysis, Coates IP partners Allisen Rae Pawlenty and Stephen Jadie Coates navigate the limits of the US public domain and derivative works, offering practical advice to IP practitioners.

04 May 2023

Lookalikes and copycats: what we have learnt from recent cases

A roster of lookalike cases have come to the fore over the last year in the UK. Hogan Lovells’ Joel Smith and Grace Gladdle present lessons and takeaways from this flurry of cases.

03 May 2023

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